09 Sep Guest Opinion: Learn to care for parents in their own homes
It’s been 12 years, and I can still hear that doctor’s voice as I shakily held my phone to my ear. “Your mother can never again live alone at home,” he told me.
He was calling from the hospital, where she had been transported by ambulance after passing out in her kitchen. A widow of 75, when my mom regained consciousness and called 911, she refused to get into the ambulance until she could put on her pantyhose. That single decision convinced the doctor that she was no longer competent to make her own medical decisions.
The circumstances may be different, but hundreds of Florida families are facing the same challenge of how to help their aging parents remain in their familiar homes and neighborhoods safely and comfortably.